Johnson to see Dr. Andrews

From the bad-news department, reliever Jim Johnson, who made one appearance for Triple-A Norfolk, will see orthopedist Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., this week to get a second opinion on his ailing right elbow.

Johnson has been dealing with a bad elbow since his first appearance this season.

He's already seen Orioles team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens, who Johnson said is calling the injury a strained ulnar collateral ligament.

"I felt like I could have pitched through it, but obviously I wasn’t able to," said Johnson, who is on his way to Sarasota, Fla., to start a rehab program. "I can’t straighten out my arm like I normally should be able to, and obviously that’s affected everything. I’ve been getting treatment for it since the first day of the season. But the more you throw, the worse it gets.

"In hindsight, I should have seen a doctor earlier. But I have to deal with what’s at hand now and for me to get back to helping out the team, I have to get this resolved."

Asked whether he is fearing the worst, Johnson said: "I don’t think it’s the same. I think Tommy John is on the acceleration of the arm. But where I get the pain is on the extension of the arm. It’s not the exact same. I’m being optimistic that it’s something I can rehab and come back 100 percent from and be back in a couple of weeks."

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